On Thursday, football fans were struck by a shocker as Barcelona star Gerard Pique announced his sudden retirement. One of the best central defenders of the last decade, Pique declared his decision through social sites.
Gerard Pique’s decision to hang up his boots shocked the media and even his teammates, as no one saw it coming. A retirement in mid-season seems unusual. Let’s take a look at the possible reasons behind his decision.
Gerard Pique announces retirement: What are the reasons?
Lack of minutes:
Gerard Pique was the fifth-choice center-back for this season, with Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Andreas Christensen, and Jules Kounde, coming ahead of him. The head coach didn’t rely on him much and only a few injuries of his teammates would ensure him some minutes. Or else, he wouldn’t get any.
In some of the matches, he played there were a few mistakes from him while he struggled. Xavi told him that it would be difficult to get into the team but Pique was hopeful of trying. Now, things didn’t work out well.
Struggles in personal life
Pique has had struggles in his marital life. His recent separation from Shakira hasn’t helped him. The latter seems to have formed two songs already, that criticize the Catalan star. The custody dispute over their children has troubled Pique too and deeply hurt him.
His consequent relationship with Clara Chia has made it to the headlines too.
Criticism after Barca vs Inter match
Another blow was receiving criticism from the fans and the club after Barcelona’s match with Inter. Some comments came off from the club because they wanted him to leave. He earns a handsome salary and the club might have wanted a space for new contracts.
Burgeoning business empire
Pique’s burgeoning business empire has recently shifted his concentration away from the pitch. Fans weren’t pleased enough when he arranged the Davis Cup while his team was in action. He’s an investor in many other companies too.
Farewell video message : In his farewell video, Pique wrote, “Sooner or later I’ll be back.”
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